FIFA have pledged to share $US440 million in prize money among the 32 men’s teams playing at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
At the 2018 World Cup, FIFA offered “business-class return flights for 50 people” to all men’s team delegations going to Russia. The new FIFA pledge to women does not cover all teams going to France.
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Flight upgrades to business class will be paid except for team flights under four hours, said Shaw, FIFA’s head of women’s soccer governance.
Teams already qualified to play in France include Australia, Brazil, Chile, Japan, South Korea and Thailand.
“It is definitely progress and, for those teams that travel enormous distances, it is going to come as a huge relief,” former FIFA Council member and Matildas star Moya Dodd told The Associated Press at the conference.
The Australian said FIFA should increase the women’s prize fund by at least the same $US40 million raise in men’s total prize money from 2018 to 2022.
“Leaders in sport should not be content to sit back and let the gender pay gap get wider in absolute terms on their watch,” Dodd added.
Prize money for the Women’s World Cup, which the Matildas have qualified for, has been increased.
FIFA will also raise standards for the 2019 Women’s World Cup by ensuring opposing teams do not have to stay at the same hotel. Hotel sharing is prohibited in men’s World Cup rules.
Shaw announced that change Thursday, and said FIFA also want to pay preparation costs for Women’s World Cup teams.
Teams at the 2018 World Cup got $US1.5 million from FIFA in addition to prize money of at least $US8 million each.
FIFA also want to compensate women’s clubs for releasing players to national team duty for the World Cup.
FIFA shared $US209 million among men’s clubs whose players took part in World Cup games.